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Safeguarding is paramount and it’s key to our club’s success. We keep safeguarding very simple, it’s not a conversation that we have once, twice a year, it’s on everybody’s radar. We are responsible for the safety of 1,000 kids; we’re bigger than most schools. All the coaches or anyone involved with youth football is compliant and that’s whether they have got their current CRC check, they’re qualified to be a Level 1 coach and their Emergency Aid. We require all of our managers to go on safeguarding children courses, first aid courses and obviously we have our Welfare Officer to deal with any issues. We have a process to make sure those issues get reported and back up to the league appropriately. Having to put the safeguarding procedure into place gave us a structure to work to. Once it’s in place the people who are coaching they’re safe, they’re trained, they know what they’re doing. All the parents have confidence in that which is why they come here, then you can get on with the business of the day. The Club Welfare Officer is actually vital to this; if issues do arise that Club Welfare Officer will get the full support of the committee. We have regular meetings, we have regular manager meetings we have an annual AGM where the parents are invited along and we emphasise the fact that safeguarding is top of the list. We all use our direct emails so every single player or parent has direct contact to myself as Welfare Officer and I think having someone to talk to if you have issues is really important as a lot of safeguarding is talking to people and just checking that everything is going well. The Whole Game System is a tool I use on a weekly basis so I can see from there which qualifications are due to expire and it means I can get onto the coach as soon as possible to make sure that their qualification is updated within their time frame. Safety is paramount, his coaches are checked and trained to deal with such situations, we have a children’s safeguarding policy here so, you know, more than happy with the safe environment that he’s training and playing in. I need to be confident and assured that he’s being looked after and that safeguarding policies are in place. A couple of dads because we help out, we’ve been through the whole process as well so we understand the importance. Yeah, I feel safe here because there’s lots of people that I know here we have a really strong team including me. They look after you because like if you’re hurt on the pitch they will take you off and swap another player with you. If anything’s wrong I’ll talk to my manager or my Welfare Officer and obviously get it sorted. Kids have got to enjoy themselves playing football and the safer it is the better protected they are, the more likely they are going to come back and carry on playing football as years go on. These kids are the future of football in this country and we have to protect them. Keep it simple, don’t overcomplicate it, use your FA, keep communication open and honest and keep it a live topic throughout every season.

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Posted by: dannyfranklin on Mar 30, 2017

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